11 Free eCommerce Platforms and Shopping Carts

Check Out These 11 Free eCommerce Platforms and Shopping Carts

You can start an online store by paying a monthly fee or make a one-time purchase of a shopping cart software, but you can also launch an online business using the following free eCommerce platform or shopping cart software.

The support is generally community-based and does have a learning curve, but there are enough experts out there who can help with almost any issues you may encounter.

Choice always comes down to the following; do you wish to do most of the building and development work yourself or have someone else do the grunt work?

WooCommerce  – With over 21,331,386 downloads, WooCommerce powers over 28% of all online stores. WooCommerce is now the most popular eCommerce platform on the web. It’s an open source e-commerce plugin for WordPress. It is designed for small to large-sized online merchants using WordPress.

osCommerce – They have been running successfully for over 17 years and have not only created hundreds of thousands of online store owners worldwide but have also helped kickstart other companies and projects who have based their products on their work.

X-Cart – X-Cart was founded in 2001 by Ruslan Fazlyev. It was the first downloadable PHP/MySQL shopping cart platform in the world. Currently, there are over 33,000 licensed X‑Cart installations.

CubeCart – CubeCart is a powerful free eCommerce solution enabling thousands of merchants globally to sell digital or physical products online. It has been around since 2003. What started out as a small project has snowballed powering thousands of stores globally.

Magento (Community version) – Magento was introduced on 31 August 2007. The two fathers of the system were Roy Rubin and Yoav Kutner working for Varien. On 31 March 2008 the first stable version was published: the open-source code Magento Community Edition, downloadable free of charge.

VirtueMart – (formerly known as mambo-phpShop) is an open source e-commerce solution designed as an extension of the Mambo or Joomla! content management systems (CMS). VirtueMart is written in PHP and requires the MySQL database environment for storage. It is best suited for low to medium level traffic websites. Released in 2005 by developer Max Milbers and Team

Shopizer – Shopizer is a free open source Java e-commerce software that is ideal for every online shop or business. The code is open source under LGPL license and is built with reliable Java frameworks such as Spring and Hibernate

OpenCart – FREE, open-source and easy to use eCommerce platform! No monthly fees, no catches; just an effective and customizable platform for your new eCommerce store. Simply install, choose your template, and add products and you’re ready to start accepting orders. Initial version released 2006. Over 342,000 sites use OpenCart.

ZenCart – Zen Cart is an online store management system. It is PHP-based, using a MySQL database and HTML components. Support is provided for numerous languages and currencies, and it is freely available under the GNU General Public License. 

Drupal Commerce – Drupal Commerce was created by Commerce Guys under the leadership of Ryan Szrama. Drupal Commerce has had steady growth since its introduction 2011. Over 53,000 active sites use it.

Viart – A PHP based shopping cart, which has free and paid versions. Popular in Europe. Works very well for online sales of products with multiple component options, such as a desktop computer.

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